I have to admit the lofty concept behind these Sweet Potato Tacos with Smoked Almond Salsa is not my own – but it is my recipe. Here’s how it came to be.
I guess I’m missing Los Angeles. Don’t get me wrong. I haven’t moved. I can see Hollywood from my house. I miss LA because I haven’t really been in it for 16 days. I look around the world, in the news, and on social media. I see people experiencing this pandemic differently than we are here in Los Angeles. I don’t know what to think. I also don’t know how to communicate what I’m feeling.
To combat this feeling of isolation eight of my friends and I participated in a ZOOM virtual cocktail party. It was fun. Not as fun as bellying up to the bar at Musso and Frank Grill, but surprisingly gratifying. Still, the experience made me hungry. Hungry for Los Angeles. For me, Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos helps define what it means to be an Angeleno.
Guerrilla Tacos started as a food truck. They specialize in (you guessed it) tacos. I’ve certainly sung their praises before on this blog, so it’s no wonder that even in these hunkering down days of “social isolation” my thoughts turn to tacos.
Guerilla Tacos has recently replaced its food truck with a stationary restaurant, but I’d always patronized the taco truck. The truck moved around town and, in the pre-isolation days, there was only one day a week this truck was geographically friendly to Hollywood. I could never remember what day of the week that was so I was constantly popping into their website to check the schedule. While there I virtually devoured the daily menu as well.
Sweet Potato Tacos
Well, on one of these virtual taco runs I saw his version of Sweet Potato Tacos. I knew immediately I had to have one of these tacos. However, the one rule I have about living in Los Angeles is I never (ever) drive east in the middle of the day. Especially on an isolation day.
Here’s my simplified version. I can’t promise it’s anything like Wes Avila’s taco (his recipe can be found in his book or here). But I can promise you won’t have to break your social isolation to taste it. GREG
PS After I made my own version of his Sweet Potato Tacos I discovered that Guerilla Tacos now offers an Emergency Taco Kit. It’s available for pick up from the restaurant.